Violence is the direct expression of inequity. Here are a few things you can do:
This year’s theme is #MYActionsMatter. So you can check out the Government of Canada’s response – It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence
You can also check out this campaign: “Time to End the Underfunding of women’s Services”
Here in Winnipeg, the West Central Women’s Resource, the North End Women’s and the North Point Douglas Women’s Centres amongst many other direct service organizations are doing phenominal work. They empower women, and any that do not identify as cis-male, to support themselves, families and communities. This is always done on precarious and inadequate funding.
Please print, sign and share the petition!
Every 25 signatures on paper gives a Member of Parliament the right to raise the issue in Parliament. You can mail completed petitions, free of charge, to your MP or any MP’s parliamentary office. This petition was initiated by NDP MP Sheila Malcomson so you may want to send it directly to her office.
You can also reinforce this petition campaign by sending your advice for the 2019 federal budget to:
Committee members on the Finance committee
Minister of Finance
Please take the time to tell the government to put our money where their mouth is!
Did you know that only 53% of eligible voters voted in 2014? In inner city neighbourhoods it was as low as 30%! It is easy to say: “The politicians don’t listen anyway so why bother?” The fact is they do listen. It is just that they too often choose to ‘dance with the one that brought them’. They only listen to the people who show up to vote.
Just as we did in the last federal and provincial elections, SPCW has produced an easy to read and follow guide to voting. We have also prepared information sheets on each ward to give people some of the basic information on who is running in there, voting station information and advance voting in case the idea of lining up on election day is too intimidating. Our goal is to demystify voting so people feel informed and that they have a stake in the decision. We have also prepared Issue Information Sheets that we will be releasing in the lead up so people have some basic facts on Portage and Main along with poverty related issues and what the Mayor and Council can do about it. This should help voters quiz their candidates on what matters to them.
Please click here for the guide and information sheets and stay tuned for updates and information sheets.
Thanks and remember those who show up are the ones that get counted!
The WRHA’s Accessibility Plan was adopted in 2016 and is due to be updated. They are seeking input on the accessibility challenges and barriers that Manitobans who are using the health care system still face. The survey below will inform their 2019-2021 Accessibility Plan and help determine the WRHA’s priorities for improving access for all. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7NLSMRW (English) and https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7NQW82W (French). It is also available in other formats upon request. If you would like to request alternative formats, please call (204) 296-7825 or request by email at ClientRelations@wrha.mb.ca. The survey will remain open until September 30, 2018.
On a related note, we are working with End Homelessness Winnipeg, Main Street Project and an advisory committee of community groups and government representatives to update Main Street Project’s 2011 Street Health Report:
This is another community research based project much like the Winnipeg Street Census. It is a much more extensive survey though that is looking to focus on the physical and mental health status of people experiencing homelessness, how they use health care and social services and their experiences accessing these systems. The goal is to help the WRHA (the project’s main funder) to better understand and meet their needs. Over 500 people will be surveyed for the research with each receiving a small honorarium for their time and willingness to share their stories. It is their generosity in sharing sometimes very tragic histories that should allow us all to take a hard look at how and what services we are providing and their effectiveness.
If you are interested in where and when the surveys are happening, both EHW and SPCW websites regularly post updated schedules and you can also check out our FB. Look for the full report in early 2019!